Welcome to our Romance Rewind series! In this series we reminisce about older completed series we love and think people should give a try. In this instalment we are going to have our hearts broken (and mended again) by the excellent series Battered Hearts by Kele Moon.


Last updated February 2023

Fall in love with Battered Hearts by Kele Moon

When I first started Battered Hearts by Kele Moon I was expecting just another sweet small town romance series. Something I would enjoy, but ultimately something that would fade from my memory. What I wasn’t expecting was a series where the author gleefully pulls your heart, beats the hell out of it and then lovingly patches you back up again. There’s a reason this series is called battered hearts!

Batered Hearts by Kele Moon has a mix of everything: that small town sweetness, humour, friendship and plenty of sexy times. But, what has made this series remain as one of my favourites is the pure emotion that’s infused in these books. Especially the finale of the series Crossing the Line – fair warning don’t go into that book without a supply of tissues! Altogether it is a beautiful contemporary romance series that I come back to again and again.

This trilogy is also available on kindle unlimited, as is it’s spin off series Untamed Hearts, which starts with The Viper.

Battered Heart by Kele Moon series reading order

Battered hearts #1

Defying the Odds

by Kele Moon

When struggling waitress Melody Dylan gives a handsome, lonely stranger a simple gift she has no clue her life is about to take a drastic turn.

The stranger ends up being Clay Powers, a famous UFC heavyweight fighter. Clay’s large build and dangerous fists have always intimidated. People in his hometown keep their distance and Clay is fine with that. Everything changes when a new waitress at the local diner buys him a piece of pie on Thanksgiving. Touched by the gesture when it’s obvious she can barely afford to survive, her warm smile and lush body churn up powerful feelings that leave Clay wanting more from her than pie.

Melody is running from her past and the small, country town of Garnet is the perfect hiding place. With an ex-husband after her and scars from her abusive marriage etched deep, the last thing she expects is to fall for a man who makes a living with his fists, but she can’t resist Clay or the tender connection they share.

Finding love in the most unlikely of places, the passion is undeniable, but Clay and Melody know their haunted pasts and unpredictable futures leave the odds stacked against them.


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battered hearts #2

Star Crossed

by kele moon

He’s a Heavyweight UFC fighter with a criminal past and deep family ties to the Italian Mafia. She’s from the small southern town of Garnet, where her family has been the law for the past six generations and MMA is the only language people in her neck of the woods speak. 

Their MMA camps are rivals. 

Everything about their lives makes them enemies.

Their love isn’t just forbidden, it’s deadly, but they can’t seem to help themselves. 

Romeo Wellings comes from the hard streets of New York where his unwanted ties to organized crime cause him nothing but pain. Everything changes when he crosses paths with the twin sister of his long-time enemy. After a steamy, one-night stand he faces the fight of his life, but it’s not in the cage. The secret relationship that blooms between Romeo and his real life Juliet has him battling his family and a dark past rather than let her go. 

The only lawyer in her hometown of Garnet, Jules Conner is also a volunteer Sheriff’s deputy and co-owner of a successful MMA training center. Strong and dependable, Jules is always there for those who need her. Until one forbidden night in Las Vegas with Romeo leaves her feeling so alive she can’t stop reaching out to the sexy, bad boy of the UFC, even knowing the forbidden love affair could jeopardize everything. 

As the tide rises against them and the people they love work at keeping them apart, Romeo and Jules hold onto a dream for a better life together and vow to go down fighting rather than accept a tragic ending. 


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battered hearts #3

Crossing the Line

by Kele Moon

Wyatt Conner is a hard man. A sixth generation sheriff in his hometown of Garnet. A former MMA fighter. His life is about following the rules and making sure everyone else in Garnet follows them too.

Before life hurt him, Wyatt was a different person. Love had once blinded him to his upbringing and made him defiant against anyone who tried to separate him from the girl he loved. He easily broke laws to ensure her safety.

When she left it destroyed him.

Now she’s back.

Tabitha knows coming home is a mistake, but family obligation demands it. Of course she would run smack into the love of her life the day she returns.

Despite the danger, Tabitha is powerless against the wild rush of desire that explodes between them the moment she finds herself in Wyatt’s arms again. They deserve a second chance, both of them, but she can’t risk Wyatt finally discovering the real reason she left.

He broke the rules for her once, and now her haunted past threatens the man she loves–the man he’s become–again. If he learns everything she’s suffered, he’ll cross the lines to take revenge. Tabitha just can’t risk it. Not even for another taste of true love.


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Want more? There’s a spin off series, meet the Untamed Hearts:

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  1. These sound amazing but I would definitely need to spread these out. I do love a story that has all the feels, but books that make me ugly cry, even if they make me happy in the end, I only read once in a while.